Tour of Lombardy – After Liege and Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar last chance before demotion

UAE Tour, Strade Bianche, Tour of Slovenia, Tour de France Podium, Montreal GP and Trois Vallées Varésines. We won’t talk about suspense. This list for 2022 belongs to Tadej Pogacar. But question: What percentage of runners do you estimate for whom these results would be perfect for a season? 98 or 99%? The fact remains that when Tadej Pogacar started on February 20th, he was the defending champion of three of the greatest races in the world: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour de France and the Lombardy. As I’m sure you understood, some demotion awaits him.

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It is characteristic of champions, and especially those whose precocity and talent have so dazzled the world that we almost forget they are neither robots nor unbeatable. That reversal of the coin is about to come, we certainly imagine when we knock on the door of what we are careful not to call a cannibal, but who looks like it, Remco Evenepoel. Since his Slovenian friend cracked down earlier, he’s already there. From 2019 to 2021 he had seen only one increase in power. judge instead:

2019: Tour of Algarve, Tour of California, 3rd place Vuelta (+3 stages)
2020: Tour of France
2021: UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour de France, Tour of Lombardy.

Difficult to do better, to tell the truth, even if a world title would not have been a task in decoration. Despite this, Tadej Pogacar very quickly set the bar high. And the descent of 2022 inevitably seems more impressive in that regard. At his level there are only very big races that score. Or the very nice victories. The Strade Bianche and its solo of 50 terminals was obviously one of them. Enough to make 2022 a vintage to remember? no

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The real failure of Pogacar is the Tour

Tadej Pogacar’s real failure of the year is the Tour de France, as a tragedy in his girlfriend Urska Zygart’s family made him go to Slovenia instead of defending his title in Liège. Since those absent were always wrong, Remco Evenepoel threw himself at the trophy of strange coincidence in passing. But “Pogi” had to admit defeat against Jonas Vingegaard in the Tour de France. The unbeatable with a grin fell off his pedestal not far since he landed on the second step. The fact remains, without mentioning that he won’t be the favorite of the 2023 Tour, his aura has taken a hit. Going to the table in Lombardy this Saturday would therefore not be the worst idea.

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If Enric Mas had hit him on the head last Saturday at the Tour of Emilia, Pogacar answered on Tuesday at the Trois Vallées Varésines and dropped a group of around twenty men in the sprint. “It’s a good performance in front of Lombardy“, summed up the Slovenian, who perhaps needed to calm down. Not on his ability to win, because with 15 wins he is one of the two most successful men of the season in the Evenepoel team. More on his legs.

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Winning will be more difficult than last yearhe said however. As always, we will try to do our best“. The course of the dead leaf classic has evolved a little, giving less priority to the climbers and more to the punchers. Do we do so much Julian Alaphilippe, in the legs on Monday at the Coppa Bernocchi, the favorite? It would be good if If we catalog Pogacar as a climber before we say he’s a puncher, it’s only because he’s fantastic in the mountains and “only” very good on short climbs.

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Whether he’s a favorite or not ultimately doesn’t matter to Tadej Pogacar. It is for the majority of the races it competes in and if it has won more this year than in 2021, the results are obviously less good in quality. Victory over the final monument of the season won’t immediately place him in the excellent category, but he would have the benefit of imprinting the image of a victorious “pogi” in his opponents’ minds. Ahead of the 2023 recapture, admit that wouldn’t be a luxury.

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